The New York Police Department officer accused of strangling Eric Garner will not face federal charges, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo will not be charged in the chokehold death of Garner, whose repeated last words of "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. The decision reportedly comes after the DOJ's civil rights division recommended charges, but Attorney General William Barr overruled that suggestion, a senior DOJ official told ABC News. Garner's July 17, 2014 death was caught on camera after NYPD officers stopped him for allegedly selling cigarettes on a Staten Island street corner. Pantaleo faced disciplinary action from the NYPD and has been on desk duty without a gun since Garner's death.
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